About ECD Group

About ECD Group

The CG works actively to identify gaps and emerging areas of need and interest related to ECCD as well the dissemination of those results. This is done through the review of current practice and understanding and/or carrying out new piloting and action research on particular topics with the leadership and involvement of our Partners and others.


The Consultative Group on Early Childhood Care and Development (CGECCD) is a global inter-agency consortium with strong links to regional networks and a track record of advocacy and knowledge generation and dissemination at an international level. Established in 1984 by a small group of donor funding agencies, it has evolved into a well-respected global network with committed partner agencies, institutions and professionals involved in the field of ECCD at all levels. The focus on young children (0 to 8yrs), their families and communities remains highly relevant in 2013 when taking into account the very large numbers of young children living in difficult and resource-poor contexts and the effects this has on their overall physical, social and cognitive development and well-being.

The Consultative Group on ECCD works actively to identify gaps, critical issues and emerging areas of need and interest related to ECCD for its work in awareness-raising, advocacy, and dissemination, and to seek out new partners. We believe it is critical to promote a more diverse and creative range of ECCD activities that link different sectors, are more inclusive, and better address children’s needs and circumstances in the context of the family and/or community.

One key to the CG’s effectiveness has been the fact that Consortium members participate actively, and jointly take ownership of the knowledge that is generated through the “knowledge-networking” process. This knowledge influences how the member agencies programme, and also reaches decision-makers in the area of ECCD as well as other fields.


The Consultative Group’s mission is to improve early childhood policy and practice focusing on children in disadvantaged circumstances. We do this by promoting a wider dialogue among practitioners, policy-makers, researchers, and national and international agencies; through the analysis, synthesis and dissemination of knowledge and through coordinated advocacy.

Key Objectives:

  • Knowledge Generation and Dissemination; Contributing to the development of a diverse global knowledge base on ECCD through the analysis, synthesis and dissemination of information which is accessible and used by a wide range of actors and stakeholders
  • Communications and Advocacy; Facilitating a broad-based global understanding of the critical importance of ECCD to social development and poverty reduction and advocate for improved investments, policies and actions to support the holistic development of young children.
  • Supporting Regional Capacity Building; Supporting regional capacities to generate and disseminate knowledge, share information and advocate for the support of children’s overall development.
    Please note that we are not a grant-making body and regret that we are unable to provide grants, scholarships, bursaries etc. to organisations or individuals.

Our Partners

Working on several levels to keep young children on the agenda of policy-makers, funders and program developers, CG Partners include a broad based network of organisations and experts, all of whom share a commitment to promoting quality programming and policy advocacy that addresses children’s rights and needs within the context of the family and/or community.